I decided to write the title in such a fashion because that’s the important part for the Cavaliers. Yes, the deal sent Mo Williams and Jamario Moon to the Clippers in return for Baron Davis, but the players are not the reasons the Cavs made this move. They made it because it also involved the Clippers’ 2011 unprotected first round pick.
Understand, this takes a big time owner to make this move. Baron Davis makes a LOT more money over the next two years than does Mo Williams. Upwards of 12 million more. So, basically, Gilbert just bought a draft pick for 12 million dollars. That’s an expensive pick. That said, it gives us hope that the owner is willing to spend for this franchise. Great, great hope.
As far as Davis, I hope he doesn’t touch the court. Seriously. I’m hoping that by tommorow afternoon we will have learned of a trade that ships Baron Davis to some other team. If that doesn’t happen, well, be prepared to see some god awful basketball. He won’t be inspired to play here. He’ll take time away from guys who need it. It won’t be pretty on the court. Just something we are going to have to deal with.
Finally, I will admit that earlier in the night I was freaking out. I honestly thought that this front office was about to do a straight swap with no draft picks. I was close to rioting in the street. They ended up proving me silly for worrying. Congrats to Grant for making the deal and Gilbert for handing out the cash so freely.
To Mo Williams: You were honestly my favorite Cav. You couldn’t play defense, but there is no doubt in my mind you were the biggest reason this team went from nice team to an honest contender. You weren’t afraid to tell people how you felt nor were you afraid to own a loss or a bad performance. I’m glad you are going to a better situation.